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7 Signs You Might Have Eye Cataracts

Swan Family Optometry Shares 7 Signs You Might Have Eye Cataracts

June has been designated “Cataract Awareness Month” by the organization Prevent Blindness. It’s a time for educating the public about cataracts, eye care, and safety. Although cataracts occur more often in people over 40, certain lifestyle habits, like smoking, can increase your risk of this disease. Routine eye exams from Swan Family Optometry in Fair Oaks, CA, will reveal whether you have cataracts and to what extent they are obstructing your vision. Here are some signs to look out for in detecting this condition.

Cloudy Vision: In the early stages of cataracts, you may notice no change in your vision. Over time, however, your vision will become cloudy, blurry and dim.

Loss of Night Vision: Cataracts can rob you of night vision, making it difficult to drive at night. You’ll have trouble handling oncoming headlights and reading road signs.

Sensitivity to Bright Lights and Glare: You may become bothered with bright lights and glare from lamps, car headlights, overhead lights, and even the sun.

Halos: Cataracts form a cloud over the lens of your eye which deflects light. This causes you to see the appearance of halos or rings around lights.

Need for Stronger Glasses: Cataracts blur your vision to the extent you can’t see things up close or at a distance. To compensate, you may be constantly upgrading your reading glasses.

Loss of Color: Cataracts make it difficult to distinguish colors due to cloudy vision. Colors will appear dim and murky as opposed to vibrant and bright. You may not notice this change until after surgery when colors return as bright as ever.

Double trouble: Cataracts can cause you to have double vision.

Cataract Awareness Month also places a focus on the importance of eye care and safety. By wearing protective eyewear for carpentry projects, lab work, swimming or riding your motorbike, you can protect your eyes against injury due to unforeseen accidents. By following fireworks safety rules, you reduce the risk of facial burns or damage to your eyes. Fireworks safety is especially important for children.

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For an eye checkup to see if you have cataracts, call Swan Family Optometry in Fair Oaks, CA, at 916-966-6080 today.

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